Friday, October 18, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 18

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin, it's available (my project from summer of 2010); this is the source for the Latin fable below.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Infant Heracles and the Snakes; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Da dextram misero (English: Reach out your right hand to the unfortunate).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Stultus verba multiplicat (English: The foolish man multiplies his words).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pix dum palpatur, palpando manus maculatur (English: When you touch pitch, the hand that does the touching is stained).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sicut fecisti, fiet tibi (Ob. 1:15). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Sui cuique mores fingunt fortunam: A mans owne maners doe shape him his fortune. Men commonlie when anie adversitie chaunce, accuse, or when they see other men to prospere well in theyr matters, they say it is theyr fortune. So they ley all together upon fortune, thinking there is such a thing called fortune that ruleth all. But surely they are highlie deceived. It is their owne maners, their own qualities, touches, condicions, and procedinges that shape them this fortune, that is to say, that cause them, eyther to be sette forwarde or backeward, either to prospere or not to prospere.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Nemo Sibi Satis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Iuppiter et Olitoris Asinus, the sad story of a donkey and his masters (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ursus et Apes, a fable for those of us are prone to anger.

Ursus et Apes

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἀγεωμέτρητος μηδεὶς εἰσίτω. Geometriae ignarus nullus ingrediatur. Let no one enter who is ignorant of geometry.

Myth and Folklore Books. I'm accumulating some book recommendations for the classes I teach and wanted to share them here. Today's book is Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt; you can see the table of contents here. This is a free Amazon Kindle eBook, and you don't need a Kindle to read it - you can read Kindle books on any computer or mobile device, or you can use the Amazon Cloud Reader in your browser.